Review: Home Sweet Home Alone

HOME SWEET HOME ALONE (2021)

Unoriginal, cheesy, and painfully ineffective, Home Sweet Home Alone fails to match even the mediocre efforts of Home Alone 3, 4, and 5 to deliver a franchise-worst film that is devoid of any sort of charm.

When Max (Archie Yates) is left behind as his family flies to Tokyo for the holidays, he is forced to defend his home from a married couple (Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney) as they attempt to recover a valuable family heirloom. As adorable as Yates is as a young actor, following up on his breakout role in Jojo Rabbit, Home Sweet Home Alone does nothing to make you like his character here. I actually found myself empathizing with Kemper and Delaney more, the latter of which is woefully in over his head in a such a lighthearted children’s film. Everything in this remake is either A) a blatant copy, or B) stripped of any seriousness, from the dialogue to the booby traps. The stakes never feel heightened as we simply rehash what has been done time and time again, but with clipped wings.

I am not completely sure what the filmmakers were attempting to accomplish here aside from a cheap taste of nostalgia (there even is a small link to the first two films). The best parts of Home Sweet Home Alone were the supporting actor in Keenan Thompson, Timothy Simons, and Ally Maki, all woefully underutilized. Parts of the film are actually painful to watch, whether it is the lame attempts at laughs or the shoddy filmmaking that serve more as distractions than anything else. Director Dan Mazer is better than whatever this final product is supposed to be. I was hoping for some fun with Home Sweet Home Alone, but fun, let alone enjoyable, it is not.

Home Sweet Home Alone hits Disney+ on Friday.

Rating: 1/5

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